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Primary Strategy Literacy Subject Leader Meeting Day 3 Nov / Dec 2008 Leading on learning – making best use of Assessment for learning in Literacy.

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1 Primary Strategy Literacy Subject Leader Meeting Day 3 Nov / Dec 2008 Leading on learning – making best use of Assessment for learning in Literacy

2 Agenda Assessment for Learning questioning and dialogue Integrating planning, teaching and assessment in writing Independence and Choice Moderation of L3 writing APP: clarification of expectations Opportunities and challenges so far

3 Aims to consider some elements of assessment for learning (questioning and dialogue) to consolidate your understanding of the APP process to ensure consistency of judgements and expectations in writing to support the development of APP in your school

4 Part1: Assessment for Learning

5 My literacy lesson was good today because...

6 What would you, as a teacher need to do to ensure it happens?


8 Auditing current AFL practice A self evaluation tool: Reviewing learning and teaching in lessons

9 Using talk to support Assessment for Learning Developing childrens thinking Supporting class and group dialogue

10 The teacher uses skilful questioning, appropriate resources and engaging activities to focus and sustain whole class, group and paired dialogue. In whole class, group or paired discussions all pupils develop their thinking and learn from each other.

11 How are children in your class actively encouraged to use talk to develop their thinking? How do you promote and sustain classroom discussion? Promoting effective dialogue

12 More effort has to be spent in framing questions that are worth asking: that is, questions which explore issues that are critical to the development of childrens understanding (Black et al., 2003)

13 Millions saw the apple fall: only Newton asked why. Assessment for learning through history… Socrates was convinced that disciplined practice of thoughtful questioning enables pupils to examine ideas logically and to be able to determine the validity of those ideas. (ca. 470-399 B. C.) Einsteins mother: What questions did you ask today?

14 Teachers ask up to two questions every minute, up to 400 in a day, around 70 000 a year, or two or three million in a career. Questioning accounts for one third of all teaching time. Most questions are answered in less than one second. Anything between 30 and 60 per cent of questions are procedural rather than learning based. Developing childrens thinking - use of effective questioning…

15 Goldilocks and The Three Bears Original Who is the bad character in this story? Reframed Goldilocks is not a naughty girl Agree or disagree and give reasons Original Why was Father Bear angry? Reframed How did the 3 bears feel when they discovered Goldilocks in their home?

16 Red Riding Hood Original How do you know Red Riding Hood didnt listen to her mother? Reframed Original Where did Red riding Hood first meet the wolf? Reframed

17 CLOSED QUESTION What is the weather like? OPENQUESTION Do you think the tyre tracks were made by vehicles going to or away from the buildings – why do you think that?

18 QuestionGenerator

19 Fairy tales always have happy endings Sentences always begin with a capital letter Poems always rhyme All instructions contain bullet points Similes must contain the word like Exclamation marks are used to indicate emotion Generalizing and reasoning:

20 Same but different What is the same about these words? What is different? Talk about the different effects of using these words in your writing.

21 How would you…? Party Saturday 22 nd 2pmfancy dress Convey this information to: Your friend The queen The headteacher Via e-mail/SMS

22 One way or the other Formal / informal Many words / few words My point of view / another point of view Outcome – visual / written / oral Where to start / where to finish Given the choice, what would you do? Are there any other ways you could… How would you change…

23 it could be …., because …. it cant be …., because …. it wont work, because …. if …. then …. it would only work if …. so …. in that case …. and phrases like: since, therefore, it will/wont work when …. THE VOCABULARY OF REASONING

24 Why is The Hare and The Tortoise an example of a fable? How can you be sure that this is a complex sentence? Although it is nearly coffee time, I still feel quite refreshed. What is the same and what is different about myths and legends? How do you write a haiku? How would you explain the way you have described your character? What does that tell us about the character you have created? Examples of effective questions

25 Features of effective dialogue Everyone is engaged Teacher talk does not dominate Pattern of dialogue is basketball Dialogue is reciprocal Childrens contributions are well developed Children willing to take risks Children challenge each others ideas Children demonstrate higher levels of thinking

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